Mike Groh Out, Duce Staley In?
Earlier today, the Philadelphia Eagles fired offensive coordinator Mike Groh and wide receivers coach Carson Walch, something that made Eagles fans very very happy. I thought Carson Walch did a good job getting the young WRs ready, but that is the way of the business. Now, who is going to fill both of these open positions?
That is where I believe Duce Staley fits in for offensive coordinator. We all know him as the running backs coach and assistant head coach. He has been with the Eagles as a coach since 2011, and was a player for the team from 1997-2003. He has worked with running backs like Brian Westbrook, LeSean McCoy and Miles Sanders.
Let's be honest, Duce should've been offensive coordinator when the spot was open last time, but that is in the past. The players respect him, and he has done an amazing job with all of the young running backs the team has had over the years. He would definitely be in Doug Pederson's ear to run the ball more, taking the pressure off of Carson Wentz's arm, and making the need for wide receiver a little less dire this offseason.
What's the argument against hiring Duce as offensive coordinator, that he is inexperienced at the position? I'm sure the Eagles don't want to lose Duce, but as he continues getting a good reputation around the league, another team might eventually try to poach him away to become the offensive coordinator elsewhere. It's better if he gets that chance to help out the offensive here in Philadelphia. That does raise the question "what if they give him the position and he fails?" If he does fail once they promote him, they pretty much can't bring him back. The team would be losing a great coach if this risk doesn't pay off. At the end of the day though I think it will work, it has to work.
Duce knows this offense, he knows the personnel. Doug calls the plays, but Duce helps him with the play calling and the running back rotation. I think the time is now to promote him to offensive coordinator, we will just wait to see if Pederson and Jeffrey Lurie agree that he is the best candidate for the job.